Newcomers luncheon, University symphony, Parisian jazz singer, Meet the artists, Gringo kazoo orchestra, Scary stuff coming

Oct 15, 2018

If you plan your time around what’s happening in Cuenca’s creative community, then this column is for you. Published every Monday, “What’s Happening Under the Domes” highlights the exhibits, concerts, workshops and other not-to-be-missed artistic events scheduled for the coming week. We cannot guarantee a complete listing, but we’ll try our best to keep you informed.

This week:
The La Orquídea Cuenca Film Festival will bring about 60,000 visitors to Cuenca!

Francis Ford Coppola

The festival showcases Ibero-American, Ecuadorian and World independent films, as well as, providing a platform for film education.  To learn more about this festival, click here:

“Odd Couple” opens this weekend, so get the last tickets now!

Performance dates: Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 20 at 3 p.m., Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m.  English only.

Tickets are $15 at the following:
Veggie Bar – Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8 p.m. (Trivia Night)
Sunrise Café – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon
A.C.T. Theater – Wednesdays from 2 – 3 p.m.
Newcomers Luncheon Veggie Bar Monday, October 15 from noon – 2 p.m.

For help or questions about ticket sales, contact Marilyn at or 099 138 9130

Directed by Paula Keenan.Cast: Bob Fry, Tony Harding, Frank Herndon, Ray Lewis, Derek Hatcher, Rick Hubbert, Lovey Hendon, Margo Moschel

Monday, October 15
Newcomers to Cuenca are welcome to a special luncheon at The Castle

Noon to 2 p.m.

Learn about the “ins and outs” of living in Cuenca.  Great opportunity to make some new friends!

The Castle is located on the Tomebamba River, with two entrances on 3 de Noviembre (200 feet downriver from the Broken Bridge) and on Bajada de Todos los Santos, (500 feet downhill from Todos Santos Church).

Tuesday, October 16
Latin musician Luis Ullauri is performing at the Jazz Society Café every Tuesday

7:30 p.m.   $5 Cover

Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, upstairs of the La Viña Italian Restaurant.

Film Proposal Workshop, part of the The La Orquídea Cuenca Film Festival

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  (Spanish only)

Municipal de Cultura Cuenca, locatedon Gran Columbia, withentrance Benigno Malo.

Mariana Andrade, Executive Director of Ochoymedio (Quito), a cultural organization made up of film producers, filmmakers and artists interested in promoting film culture will be sharing her perspective and experience in film development.

Expats with Kazoos are getting ready . . .

3 to 5 p.m.

Over 100 Expats with kazoos are rehearsing for a January 6 parade. Thefun practice is at Charlie’s Bar – Paseo 3 de Noviembre at the Juana de Oro escalinata, No musical talent? No problem! Anyone can play the kazoo and we’ll a kazoo can be provided. you fixed up with your own instrument.

For more information, contact Ned Flottman, email:

Wednesday, October 17
Conversation on Ecuador’s Cinema

6 to 7 p.m.

Come and listen to filmmakers discuss Ecuadorian cinema at the Casa de la CulturaNúcleo del Azuay on Luis Cordero 7-22 y PresidenteCórdova.Spanish only.

Thursday, October 18
Symphony Orchestra of the University of Cuenca Concert

8 p.m.

They will be play works by Aram Khachaturian,Tchaikovsky, Albinoni and Leonardo Cárdenas at the Old Cathedral of Cuenca on Sucre y Luis Cordero.

Free entry

Parisian Singer Edith Lombardo is performing on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11 at the Jazz Society Café

7:30 to 10 p.m.

Don’t miss this extraordinaryFrench jazz singer before she returns to France!

Jazz Society Café is located at 5-101 Luis Cordero y Juan Jaramillo, upstairs from La Viña Italian Restaurant.

Friday, October 19
Magic show, “Un dia a dia”, at La Guarida, Mariscal Lamar and Luis Pauta!

Juan Estrella

Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m.
Cost $7

Cuenca Magician Juan Estrella, a master of close-up magic and escapism, is creating an unforgettable night of wonder.

Call for reservations at 099 806 8071

Prohibido Centro Cultural presents “La Paca” at Calle Peatonal la Condamine (Sector Cruz del Vado)

8 p.m.  Ticket $5  Spanishonly.

This play is dedicated to all those who have a mask because they lack the courage to face themselves, and, of course, those who, from their foxhole, struggle to find true pride.

Saturday, October 20 and Sunday October 21
Art Show at CVA, and “meet the artist” on Saturdays!

1 to 6 p.m.

CVA — Cuenca Visual Arts Gallery — is exhibiting works by two expat women artists, plus 4 CVA member artists. This month’s showings include a wonderful variety of works, both beautiful and thought provoking.

Janda Grove is an oil painter working primarily with figures, both real and imagined. She is showing a group of original works entitled “Passages” as well as newly created collagraph and monoprints. Janda will be at the gallery on Saturdays during October to meet you and talk about art.

CVA is pleased to also have a showing of Linda Wooten-Green’s recent paintings. This body of her work will be lovely florals and landscapes which she transforms into a combination of both abstract and painterly expressions.

Also showing are other CVA Member Artists: Maité Eusebio, Garry Kaulitz, Boris Ordoñez, and Alberto Soriano.

CVA is located at Calle Larga 3-82 y Vargas Machuca in the Santa Canela Building.

Scary things happening soon:
Poisonous Morsels Series Launch!

On Monday, October 29, Franny A. Hogg will launch the first two books in her Poisonous Morsels series. Each volume contains twenty-five illustrated stories. Paperback copies and e-books can be purchased through Amazon, or may be ordered in advance at a special price of $12 each, or both volumes for $20. The books will be available for pick up between 4 and 6 p.m. at the launch party at the Astoria Grill on the northeast corner of Presidente Borrero and Presidente Cordova.

Super Heroes in Crazy Town, a Halloween Costume Ball

October 27 and 28, Showtimes at 8 and 10 p.m.

Fishbon del Sur islocated at 14-25 Mariscal Lamar y Estevez de Toral

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 students

Workshops are on-going.  Nominal donation to participate in workshops to cover material costs.

For more information and tickets, email at

Special Halloween Matinee on Saturday Fun Day at the Movies hosted by Cuenca Car Share!

10:40 a.m.  Ticket $6 (English only)

“The Predator” is showing at the new Batan Shopping Mall.

Make your reservation now.

There are 3 easy ways to pay:

$6 cash, at Sunrise Café on Monday,15, Thursday, October 18, Monday, October 22, and Thursday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

You can also pay using you credit card, $6.30 cuencacarshare/deposit

Or PayPal friends and family, Joanne Bushman.

Coming soon:
Folklore En Los Andes at Teatro Sucre on Sucre y Luis Cordero

With the performance of :SisarinaÑunkanchikAllpa, Kabogana Group, and Yanamanka, Miscanti Group.Specialguests: Los 4 del Altiplano Ecuador

Tickets: $8

Tickets can be purchased at: Musical Circle, Ecco Sound Cue and La Fornace.

Are you ready for this?
Ricky Martin Live in Cuenca!

Ricky Martin

The leading pop artist in Latin Music will be in Cuenca for the first time on Saturday, November 3 at 8:30 p.m.  For more ticket information, go to this website:

Calling all budding artists and designers under the age of 14

This Christmas at Carolina Bookstore we are looking for you to help design their Christmas window. They want something unique, something colorful and eye-catching and they want YOU to design it!

What we need you to do:

  • Enter a color design on a white A4 piece of paper or card
    • You can add some writing explaining the work if you like, on a separate sheet of paper or as annotations
    • Your design should be based around any or all of these key words
    Christmas * My Favorite Book * Books * My Favorite Character/s

You can deliver your design in to Carolina Bookstore.They are open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t Forget to write your name, age and parent contact details on the back of your work so they can let you know if your design is chosen.

Closing date is 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 24.

They will then choose one design which will be made into a display in their large window at the store. The winner’s original design will be displayed and will also receive a $30 book voucher. Also 2 runners up will have their original designs displayed and will win a $15 book voucher to spend in store.

“What’s Happening Under the Domes” is a weekly column by Sara Coppler. Sara has lived in Ecuador for over 5 years. She is an architect by training, who has worked for more than two decades in the field of international development and poverty housing. She is a co-founder of idiomART, a creative community center in Cuenca. Having admired the creative process throughout her life,she describes herself as a “Head Cheerleader for the Arts.” It’sthis enthusiasm that she hopes to bring to this weekly column. You may contact her at and feel free to check out her Under The Domes website at



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